Well, I've finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Third: The Wide Window, by Lemony Snicket. While this one had some entertaining moments for an English major (because there is a character obsessed with grammar), it also had an important character die in a particularly gruesome manner.
I think I'll be taking a break from Lemony Snicket for a bit and read some more cheerful stuff. I will continue the series later.
A big piece of something that doesn't look like an elephant just went crashing off the side of this idea I've been sculpting in my mind. Or, to put it more clearly, I have my hook. The story flows from this -- and it's a good one!